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Metro Using Lessons From 1st President Obama Inauguration

9:11 AM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro says it is using lessons learned from President Barack Obama's first inauguration to avoid transit problems during his second.

The transit agency's board was briefed Thursday on preparations for the January inauguration. Board members were told that drivers will pay on the way out of Metro commuter parking garages and not in, which caused traffic to back up on access roads four years ago. And signs will be posted further away on highways warning if garages are full.

Metro, meanwhile, says it has begun selling commemorative inaugural SmarTrip cards. The cards feature an image of the president and come loaded with a one-day pass that allows unlimited travel on the day it is first used. The card can be reloaded and used as a standard SmarTrip card after that.

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